K-State Returns Home To Face TCU Wednesday
K-State Returns Home To Face TCU Wednesday
Feb. 18, 2014
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TCU (9-15, 0-12 Big 12)
AT rv/rv KANSAS STATE (17-8, 7-5 Big 12)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 8 p.m. CT
Clay Matvick (play-by-play) >> Darrin Horn (analyst)
Peter Rudman (producer)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 134/XM 93
Tanner Barth (host) >> Schyler Thomas, Martavious Irving (analysts)
Stats - kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio - kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
Wildcat 4 Pack: $75
12+ group: $15
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 357-171 (16th year)
at K-State: 44-16 (2nd year)
vs. TCU: 3-0 (1-0 at home)
TCU: Trent Johnson (Boise State ’83)
Overall: 246-221 (15th year)
at TCU: 20-36 (2nd year)
vs. K-State: 0-3 (0-1 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (17-8, 7-5 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Spradling (8.1 ppg., 2.8 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (15.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.7 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)
F - #11 Nino Williams (6.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
TCU (9-15, 0-12 Big 12)
G - #5 Kyan Anderson (16.6 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
G - #22 Jarvis Ray (8.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F - #4 Amric Fields (13.5 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F - #11 Brandon Parrish (9.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
C - #1 Karviar Shepherd (8.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 6-2 (3-0 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 3-1 (W, 79-68, 3/5/2013)
In Fort Worth: K-State leads 3-0 (W, 65-47, 1/7/2014)
Last Meeting: K-State, 65-47, 1/7/2014 (Fort Worth, Texas)
Weber vs. TCU: 3-0 (1-0 at home)
Johnson vs. K-State: 0-3 (0-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Johnson: Weber leads 3-0 (1-0 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Baylor 87, Kansas State 73 (2OTs)
Game 25 * Ferrell Center * February 15, 2014
Baylor outscored Kansas State, 19-5, in the second overtime to pull out an 87-73 win at the Ferrell Center on Saturday night. Senior Brady Heslip made a desperation 3-point field goal - his only trey of the night - at the buzzer to force overtime at 57-all after freshman Marcus Foster made just 1-of-2 free throws with 23 seconds remaining. The teams battled to a 9-all tie in the first overtime, as Kenny Chery missed a jumper with the score knotted at 68-all with 3 seconds left. In the decisive second overtime, Taurean Prince banked in a 3-pointer to ignite the Bears, who opened the period on a 7-0 run and never looked back in snapping a 4-game losing streak at home. Junior Nino Williams, starting in place of injured Shane Southwell, scored a career-high 20 points to go with a team-high 8 rebounds, while Foster had a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists.
• K-State (17-8, 7-5 Big 12) returns home on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play host to TCU (9-15, 0-12 Big 12) at 8 p.m on ESPNU. It is the last home game of February, as the squad finishes off the month with back-to-back trips to Oklahoma (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) and Texas Tech (13-12, 5-7 Big 12).
• K-State is looking to rebound after an 87-73 double-overtime loss at Baylor on Saturday, which extended the team’s road losing streak to 5 games. It is the longest skid since dropping 5 in a row since 2007-08.
• K-State played consecutive overtime games for the 1st time since 2011 and the 1st time in league play since playing 3 in a row in February 1964.
• K-State enters the game with a 13-game homecourt winning streak, which ties for the 2nd-longest streak in Bramlage Coliseum history and is the longest since winning 14 in a row from Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.
• K-State and TCU will be meeting for the 9th time on Wednesday with the Wildcats holding a 6-2 advantage in the series, including a 3-0 mark in the Big 12 era. K-State won the 1st meeting with a 65-47 victory in Fort Worth on Jan. 7, which represents the only true road win of the season.
• Head coach Bruce Weber (44) is 1 win shy of tying Lon Kruger (45) for the most wins by a head coach in his 1st 2 seasons in school history.
• K-State is one of the fewest teams to boast 6 Top 35 RPI wins, including wins over No.1 Kansas, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington. The Wildcats have an NCAA RPI of 35 and a rating of 30 in Sagarin and 44 in ESPN BPI.
• K-State dropped out of the The Associated Press Top 25 on Jan. 27 after appearing for the 2nd time in 3 weeks just a week earlier. The team has been ranked at least once each of the last 5 seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in 6 straight years from 1972-78.
• K-State ranks in the Top 35 nationally in scoring defense (63.6 ppg., 32nd), field goal percentage defense (40.0, 38th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.4, 8th). The Wildcats have held 14 opponents to its season-low in points, including 12 to 60 points or less.
• K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 12 of the last 16 games, including 8 times in Big 12 play.
• The Wildcats have shown balance with 7 different players leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while 3 players - Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson and Shane Southwell - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: TCU (9-15, 0-12 Big 12)
• TCU (9-15, 0-12 Big 12) enters Wednesday’s game on a 12-game losing streak, which have all come in Big 12 play dating back to Jan. 4... Four of those 12 losses have come by single-digits, including a 77-69 setback at Oklahoma on Jan. 22 and a 60-54 defeat at Texas Tech on Feb. 1... The Horned Frogs have also played West Virginia (69-77) and Texas (54-59) close at home.
• TCU is 3-6 on the road this season, including a 0-6 record in Big 12 play.
• TCU is averaging 64.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting, including 33.2 percent from 3-point range, to go with 30.4 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.3 blocks per game, while allowing 71.5 points per game on 34.3 percent shooting.
• Junior Kyan Anderson is one of 5 players averaging better than 8 points per game for TCU, as he averages a team-best 16.6 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range... The 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year also leads the team in field goals (120), 3-point field goals (35), free throws (124), free throw percentage (84.9) and assists (117)... Junior Amric Fields, who was the 2012 MWC Sixth Man of the Year, is averaging 13.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds since returning Dec. 5 from a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 15, 2012... Freshman Brandon Parrish averages 9.4 points on 40 percent shooting with 3.2 rebounds, while senior Jarvis Ray (8.5 ppg.) and freshman Karviar Shepherd (8.3 ppg.) each average better than 8 points per game... Shepherd is tops in rebounding at 6.7 per outing.
• Injuries have hurt TCU this year with only 4 players (Anderson, Parrish, Ray and Christian Gore) playing in all 24 games.
• Like K-State, TCU has 2 Division I transfers sitting out this season in Trey Zeigler (Pittsburgh) and Chris Washburn (UTEP).
• TCU is led by second-year head coach Trent Johnson, who has a 20-36 record in his tenure... He has a 246-221 record in his 15th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Nevada (1999-2004), Stanford (2004-08) and LSU (2008-12)... He guided each of those schools to the NCAA Tournament, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2003-04 (Nevada) and 2007-08 (Stanford).
• Trent Johnson is 0-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 0-1 mark on the road.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 9th meeting in the series with K-State leading, 6-2, since the first game on Dec. 11, 1947... The Wildcats are 3-1 in games played in Manhattan, including a 79-68 win in the last meeting on March 5, 2013.
• K-State is 3-0 vs. TCU in the Big 12 era, including a 65-47 win in Fort Worth on Jan. 7, 2014.
• K-State is averaging 70.3 points in the last 3 meetings on 51.6 percent shooting, including 45.9 percent from 3-point range, while holding TCU to 56.3 points on 40.6 percent shooting, including 28.2 percent from beyond the arc.
• Junior Thomas Gipson has averaged 11.3 points on 77.8 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds in 3 meetings with TCU, while senior Shane Southwell has averaged 9.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds.
NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: K-State 65, TCU 47
• K-State extended its winning streak to a season-best 10 games with its win over TCU on Jan. 7... The 10-game winning streak is the longest of the Bruce Weber era and is the longest since also winning 10 in a row from Nov. 22, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.
• K-State won its road opener in Big 12 play for the second straight season.
• K-State connected on a season-high 52.5 percent (21-of-40) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from 3-point range... The 57.9 percent (11-of-19) shooting in the 2nd half was the 2nd-highest in a half this season.
• K-State out-rebounded TCU, 37-21, marking the 11th consecutive game the Wildcats have out-rebounded their opponent... The team is 32-5 under head coach Bruce Weber when out-rebounding their opponent, including 12-4 this season.
• K-State held TCU to a season-low 47 points on 34.7 percent shooting (17-of-49), including 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from 3.
• K-State’s 18 turnovers were the 2nd-most this season, but gave up just 8 points off of turnovers.
• K-State’s bench accounted for 15 points in the game... The bench has scored in double-digits in all but 3 games this season.
• Thomas Gipson led the team in scoring (19) and rebounding (8) vs. TCU... He went 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in 33 minutes... It marked the 4th time he has led the team in both categories.
• Marcus Foster also scored in double figures with 16 points, including 4 3-pointers.
• Shane Southwell filled up nearly every stat line with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal in 34 minutes.
• Jevon Thomas scored 5 points to go with a season-high 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 28 minutes.
• Three players - Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls), Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill) and Wesley Iwundu (Houston) - hail from the Lone Star State... Gipson’s father, Thomas, played basketball for Texas from 1987-88 before transferring to Sam Houston State.
• Two members of the staff - assistant coach Alvin Brooks III (Houston) and strength coach Jimmy Price - also hail from the state of Texas... Brooks, the son of former Houston coach Alvin Brooks II, also coached in the state at Midland College and Sam Houston State... Price is a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech and served as an assistant strength coach at Texas Tech from 2001-03.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• K-State has a 49-15 (.766) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 46-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
• K-State is 30-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 14-1 in Big 12 play.
• Last season, K-State went 8-1 at home in Big 12 play, which ranks as the most home conference wins in school history.
• K-State has guaranteed itself a winning home record in Big 12 play for the 8th consecutive season with its current 6-0 mark...
• Prior to 2006-07, the team had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since 2001-02 with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
• With its win against West Virginia on Jan. 18, K-State has posted at least 10 wins at home for 13 straight seasons and 21 times in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum... The team is 314-98 at Bramlage Coliseum, including 120-79 in conference play.
• K-State has a 113-18 (.863) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.
IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
• K-State has been one of the better teams in the country in February over the last 5 seasons, boasting an impressive 34-9 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13... The team is 9-3 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
• K-State has a 19-3 mark at home in February since 2009 with its losses coming to Kansas (2009, 2012) and Iowa State (2012).
• K-State is 15-6 on the road in February over the last 6 seasons.
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 41-18 in February with a winning record in each of the last 5 seasons.
• K-State finished January with a 5-3 mark, as the school clinched its 6th winnng record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
• K-State also had a stellar December, as the Wildcats posted a 7-0 mark... It was the fifth perfect December in school history.
BAYLOR POSTGAME NOTES
• The loss extended K-State’s road losing streak to 5 games after opening league play with a win at TCU.
• K-State fell to 66-40 all-time in overtime, including 6-5 in double-overtime games... The Wildcats have lost 2 straight double overtime games since a 101-96 win over Xavier during the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
• K-State played back-to-back overtime games for the 1st time since losing in double OT vs. West Virginia and defeating North Florida on Dec. 8 and 11, 2011 and the 1st time in league play since playing 3 straight overtime games from Feb. 3-15, 1964.
• K-State has now scored 70 or more points in 12 of the last 16 games, including 8 times in Big 12 play.
• K-State continues to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out a season-best 25 assists on 28 field goals made.
• K-State lost for just the 2nd time this year when leading with 10 minutes to play, including the 3rd time under Bruce Weber.
• K-State allowed an opponent to score 80 or more points for the 6th time this season, including the 5th time in Big 12 play.
• K-State held Baylor to 21 points on 26.7 percent shooting in the 1st half before allowing 46.2 percent shooting in the 2nd half and 71.4 percent in the two overtime periods... The Bears also scored 20 points off turnovers and had 22 second-chance points.
• Baylor had opponent highs for field goals attempted (70), offensive rebounds (20), rebounds (54), assists (22), blocked shots (10) and second-chance points (22)... The 54 rebounds were the most by an opponent since Xavier had 51 on March 25, 2010.
• Junior Nino Williams, playing in place of the injuried Shane Southwell, posted a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 field goals to go with a team-high 8 rebounds in a career-best 45 minutes... He has now scored in double figures in 11 career games.
• Freshman Marcus Foster posted his 1st career double-double with 18 points and a career-best 10 assists in 43 minutes of action... It marked the 20th time that Foster has scored in double figures, including the 9th time in Big 12 play.
HOME VS. ROAD
• K-State has a stark contrast in its record at home and on the road, as the Wildcats boast a 13-1 record in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum (including 13 straight wins), but are just 4-7 away from home (including 1-5 in true road contests).
• K-State is averaging 71.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, in its 14 home games, while its limiting its opponents to just 60.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 25 percent from beyond the arc...
• During its 6 home Big 12 games, the Wildcats are averaging 74.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting, including 40.4 percent from 3-point range, while holding its opponents to 65 points on 35.9 percent shooting, including 28.4 percent from 3.
• K-State is averaging 66.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting, including 30.4 percent from 3-point range, in its 11 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 68 points on 43 percent shooting, including 32.6 percent from beyond the arc...
• During its 6 true road games, the squad is averaging 68 points on 44.4 percent shooting, including 29.5 percent from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 74.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting, including 33 percent from 3.
• Freshman Marcus Foster is the leading scorer regardless of venue, but his home stats are markedly better, as he averages 16.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting, including 43.9 percent from 3-point range, in 14 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 17.7 points on 54.4 percent shooting, including 52.9 percent from beyond the arc, in the 6 Big 12 home games.
• Foster averages 13.5 points on 37.2 percent shooting, including 32.3 percent from 3-point range, in the 11 games away from home, including 15.3 points on 39.3 percent shooting, including 34.3 percent from beyond the arc, in 6 true road contests.
• Junior Thomas Gipson tends to play better away from home, averaging 13.3 points on 59.8 percent shooting with a team-best 6.0 rebounds in the 11 games away from home, including 14.7 points on 58.7 percent shooting with 6.5 rebounds in the 6 true road games... He is averaging 10.1 points on 53.5 percent shooting with 6.7 rebounds in the 14 home games.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (63.6 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.4) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (40.0)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in 3-point field goal percentage
• defense (30.8) and 2nd in scoring defense (69.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage defense (40.6).
• K-State ranks in the Top 40 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 8th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 32nd in scoring defense and 38th in field goal percentage defense.
• K-State ranks 25th nationally (and 1st among Big 12 schools) in the UPS Defensive Team Performance Index at 119.19... The rating measure effective field goal percentage against opponents.
• The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 25 opponents to its season-low in points, including to 60 or less on 12 occasions... 13 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 17 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 28 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 26-2 record in those games.
• If you take out the 6 games it has yielded 80+ points (Georgetown, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia and Baylor), K-State is holding its 19 other opponents to 57.1 points per game on 37 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent from 3-point range.
• In 14 home games, K-State holding its opponents to 60.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range... The team is holding its 6 Big 12 foes to 65 points on 35.9 percent shooting, including 28.4 percent from 3, at home.
INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE ACCOLADES
• Long Beach State’s 38 points on Nov. 24 tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in K-State’s modern era, which dates to the 1946-47 season... It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012.
• K-State held Gonzaga to a season-low 62 points on 48 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range... The team came into the game ranking 11th in scoring offense (87.5 ppg.) and in the Top 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4).
• K-State held Tulane to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting... The Green Wave were held to just 10 points on 13 percent shooting (3-of-23) in the first half... The 41 points were just outside the Top 10 for the fewest by an opponent.
• George Washington was held to 22 points under its scoring average of 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting.
• Oklahoma State was held to 15 points under its scoring average of 86.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc... The Cowboys ranked among the Top 10 in scoring offense (8th) and field goal percentage (8th).
• K-State held Oklahoma, the Big 12’s top scoring offense, to 66 points (21 points below their average) on a season-low 33.3 percent shooting from the field, including 30.4 percent from 3-point range... It marked the Sooners’ second-lowest point total.
• West Virginia was held to nearly 24 points under its scoring average of 79.9 points on a season-low 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from 3-point range... The 56 points were a season-low for the Mountaineers.
• Texas Tech was held to its second-lowest point total (58) and its lowest field goal percentage (33.9).
• K-State held Texas to its lowest point total at 57 points on its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage at 32.7 percent (18-of-55)... The Wildcats also forced the Longhorns into a season-high 18 turnovers, scoring a season-best 26 points off of those miscues.
• K-State is averaging 69.3 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting, including 32.4 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank 9th in scoring offense, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage in the Big 12, the team is tied for 3rd in assists (15.7 apg.)... The squad ranks 23rd nationally in assists per game and 36th in total assists.
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 15 games this season, including 12 times in the last 16 games... During that 16-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 71.6 points on 45 percent shooting, including 35.4 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State ranks 2nd in field goal percentage (45.4) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.3) in Big 12 play.
• K-State has scored exactly 72 points in 5 games this season, including doing it in 4 consecutive games from Dec. 15-31... To add to this strange occurrence, the team has scored 71 points 3 times and 73, 74 and 75 points, respectively, in 4 other contests.
• K-State is 27-4 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 12-3 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 64.3 percent (393 of 611) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (63.1) and Baylor (60.7) - has an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
• K-State has an assist on 70 percent of its field goals in 13 games, including a season-best 89.3 percent vs. Baylor (2/15).
• K-State has posted at least 20 assists in 5 games, including 3 times in Big 12 play, with a season-best 25 vs. Baylor (2/15).
• K-State has gotten valuable production from its bench, as the reserves have accounted for 450 points or 18.0 per game.
• Reserves have accounted for 20+ points in 10 games, including a season-best 30 points vs. Kansas (2/10).
• In fact, the bench has produced double-digit points in all but 3 games (Ole Miss, at Texas and at West Virginia).
• K-State is averaging 17.4 points from its bench in Big 12 play, including 19.4 points in its 7 Big 12 wins.
• The bench has produced 8 double-digit scoring games this season, including 3 times by Nino Williams (Texas Tech, at Kansas and Oklahoma State), twice by Nigel Johnson (Charlotte & Tulane) and once each by Wesley Iwundu (Northern Colorado), Omari Lawrence (Long Beach State) and Thomas Gipson (Long Beach State).
• Prior to his start vs. Baylor, Williams had been averaging 6.8 points on 50 percent shooting in the previous 11 games with 3.2 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game... This stretch includes 4 double-digit scoring games, including 15 vs. Oklahoma State (1/4).
• Lawrence has averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 15.7 minutes per game in the last 6 outings.
• D.J. Johnson has averaged 8.3 points on 71.4 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game in last 3 games.
REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
• A key stat to K-State’s success this season has been its ability to win the rebounding battle, which the Wildcats have done in 12 of 17 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 16 opponents, including 15 in the last 21 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-5 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-4 this season, while just 11-11 in the last two seasons and 5-4 this year when being out-rebounded.
• With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least 4 players posting at least 4 rebounds in 12 of 17 wins, including at least 5 players with 4+ rebounds in 10 games.
• K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards... It was most rebounds since 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012) and the most offensive boards since 24 vs. George Washington (12/8/2012).
• 7 players have led in rebounding, including 12 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by D.J. Johnson, 4 by Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu, 3 by Nino Williams, 2 by Shane Southwell and 1 by Will Spradling.
• Gipson and Iwundu have both posted two double-doubles on the season with Gipson collecting 6 in his career.
• The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.5 per game with Gipson ranking 9th with 2.3 per game.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
• Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking 1st in assists (3.1 apg.) and blocks (1.0 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.7 rpg.) and steals (0.9 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (10.4 ppg.) and minutes (27.9 mpg.).
• Southwell missed the Baylor game (2/15) due to a nagging foot injury... It marked the 1st game he has missed in 51 games and just the 7th game he has missed in K-State career... He had not missed a game since the George Washington game in 2012.
• Southwell needs 2 games to jump into the career games played list, while he is 10 assists shy of breaking into career Top 10.
• Southwell ranks 2nd on the team on season play hard chart with 155, including a team-high 92 deflections/blocks.
• Southwell has been the leader in blocks 13 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
• 11 times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31)... He recorded his 1st career 20-point game in Big 12 play with a team-tying 20 vs. West Virginia (1/18) to go with 4 3-pointers.
• Southwell has scored in double figures 11 times in the last 22 games, including 9 times in the last 17 outings.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 7th), blocked shots (10th) and assists (11th).
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
• Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful team, having played in 126 games with 97 starts... He ranks 1st in steals (32) and minutes (30.0), 2nd in 3-pointers (40) and assists (69), 4th in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and field goals (61).
• Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 9 career categories at K-State, including 5th in 3-point attempts (489), free throw percentage (81.3) and minutes (3,457), 6th in games played (126), 3-pointers (173), assists (305) and steals (115), 7th in starts (97) and 9th in wins (89)... With one more win, he would become the 9th player in school history to tally at least 90 wins in a career.
• Only 4 other players in school history have played more minutes than Spradling... Those include Steve Henson (4,474, 1987-90), Jacob Pullen (3,978, 2007-11), Rodney McGruder (3,708, 2009-13) and Askia Jones (3,547, 1989-94).
• Spradling, who had a 15 points vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, now ranks 27th on the school’s scoring chart with 968 points.
• Spradling is averaging 11.7 points in the last 6 games on 60.5 percent shooting (23-of-38), including 60 percent (15-of-25) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 32.5 minutes per game.
• With 5 assists vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, Spradling became the 6th Wildcat (1st since Jacob Pullen) to tally 300 assists in a career... The 5 others include Henson (582), Pullen (455), Clent Stewart (395), Tyrone Adams (323) and Rolando Blackman (320).
• Spradling, who had a 15 points vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, now ranks 27th on the school’s scoring chart with 976 points... He needs 24 points to become the 25th player in school history with 1,000 points and the first since Rodney McGruder (2012)
• Spradling has chance to become the 4th Wildcat with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals, joining Henson, Jones and Pullen... He is 24 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
• Spradling is averaging 11.1 points in the last 7 games (since at Texas) on 53.1 percent shooting (26-of-49), including 50 percent (16-of-32) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 34.3 minutes per game.
• Spradling ranks 7th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 10th in 3-point field goals (1.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.0) and 13th in assists (2.8)... He also ranks 7th in Big 12-only games in both steals (1.3) and 3-point field goals made (1.8).
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
• Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first 2 games... He is averaging 11.6 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (56.9) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (14), field goals (107) and 3rd in free throws (53) and blocks (11).
• Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 12 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).
• Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.8 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and field goal percentage (54.3) in Big 12-only games.
• Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 points at Texas (1/21).
• 263 of 265 points have been scored in the last 20 games, including 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and LBSU (11/24), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5), 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21), 19 vs. TCU (1/7) & West Virginia (2/1), 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14) and 24 at Texas (1/21).
• Gipson earned his career 6th double-double vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points.
• Gipson ranks 1st on the team on the season play hard chart with 162 points, including a team-high 53 offensive rebounds.
• Due to his off-season weight loss, Gipson has played 30+ minutes 9 times... Prior to this year, he had only done that twice.
FOSTER AMONG THE NATION’S BEST FRESHMEN
• Freshman Marcus Foster has placed his name among the best freshmen in the country, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring (15.1 ppg.), field goals (129), 3-point field goals (57) and double-digit scoring games (20)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (38.8), 12th in scoring and 15th in field goal percentage.
• In Big 12 play, Foster is averaging a team-best 16.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting, including 43.5 percent from 3-point range, with 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.1 minutes per game... In Big 12-only games, he is 5th in 3-point field goals (2.5) and 3-point field goal percentage, 7th in field goal percentage, 10th in scoring, 13th in assists and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 20 games (9 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 13 times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 22 of 25 games... He has 2+ treys in 17 games and 4+ treys in 6 contests with a season-best 5 vs. Texas (2/8)... He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25).
• Foster has twice been named the CBSSports.com/USBWA Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7 & Feb. 11) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 6 & Feb. 10)... He won the awards for the 1st time after averaging 16 points in wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State then a 2nd time after his 34-point effort vs. No. 15/18 Texas.
• Foster became just the 5th true freshman in school history to post a 30-point game with his season-high 34 points vs. No. 15/18 Texas (2/8) on 13-of-16 field goals, joining Mike Evans (1), Curtis Redding (4), Norris Coleman (7) and Michael Beasley (13) in that exclusive company... Only 6 freshmen in Big 12 history have scored more points in game.
• Foster’s 34-point effort was the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen went for 38 points vs. Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2011, while it was the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley scored 39 points vs. Kansas on March 1, 2008.
• In all, Foster has 5 games of 20 or more points this season with 4 of those coming in the last 6 games.
• Foster is the leading scorer regardless of venue, but his home stats are markedly better, as he averages 16.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting, including 43.9 percent from 3-point range, in 14 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 17.7 points on 54.4 percent shooting, including 52.9 percent from beyond the arc, in the 6 Big 12 home games.
• Foster has already cracked the freshman Top 10 in 8 categories, including 1st in 3-point field goals, 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage, 6th in points, field goals and field goals attempted, 9th in minutes and free throw percentage and 10th in free throws.
FRESHMEN A BIG PART
• The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the first 4 games, marking the first time a freshmen has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first 4 games of 2007-08.
• A fourth freshmen was added to the mix on Dec. 21 when Jevon Thomas became eligible after sitting out the first semester.
• Overall, the freshmen have paced the team in scoring 14 times in 25 games, including 12 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 15 occasions and in rebounding 5 times... They have also combined for 27 double-digit scoring games.
• The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points 11 times, including Texas (42), OSU (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), ORU (33), Oklahoma (32), West Virginia (32), Ole Miss (31), Tulane (30) and Kansas (30) and 20+ points in 6 others.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 24 of the last 25 games, while Thomas (21.2) and Johnson (13.5) are averaging more than 13 minutes off the bench... They rank 1st and 4th, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
• Iwundu became just the 3rd Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career game, posting team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado (11/8).
• Iwundu had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds... He is 1 of 24 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 5 freshmen... He posted season-highs for assists (8) and steals (3) vs. Texas (2/8).
• Thomas made his debut vs. Tulane (12/28), leading in both assists (4) and steals (3) to go with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes... He had led the team in assists 7 times in 14 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
• The 4 freshmen have accounted for 673 points (an average of 26.9 points per game) on 40.2 percent shooting (225-of-560) with 75 of the team’s 147 3-pointers to go with 263 rebounds, 185 assists and 56 steals in a combined 1,900 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE
• Junior Nino Williams earned just his 2nd start of the season on Saturday, as he poured in a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 field goals with a team-high 8 rebounds in a career-best 45 minutes of action.
• Prior to the start, Williams had become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.0 points in the last 15 games.
• During this 16-game span, Williams is shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the free throw line.
• K-State boasts an 8-3 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 3-2 this season.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 12 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11),10 points vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14) and 13 points vs. Texas Tech (1/28).
• Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 12-of-14 opportunities... He hit the game-clinching free throws in wins vs. Oklahoma State (3 in a row in last 13 seconds) and Oklahoma (4 straight in last 23 seconds).
UP NEXT: AT OKLAHOMA (19-7, 8-5 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 22 >> Lloyd Noble Center >> Norman, Okla. >> 3 p.m. >> Big 12 Network